A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman 2012

Critics score:
46 / 100

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Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The film's mostly for Python completists, of whom there are many, as well as for animation junkies who will groove on the grab bag of styles. Read more

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter: Shockingly, little of this 3D cartoon is funny apart from Graham Chapman's own humorous narration. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: It's a colorful patchwork of family high and low points, schoolboy days, professional triumphs and assorted epiphanies (including sex with women followed by sex with men). Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: It's sometimes a mishmash, though never an unwelcome one. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: And now for something almost completely useless. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It's like watching Yellow Submarine laid over a celebrity-therapy episode of Dr. Phil. Read more

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter: A 3D multistyle animated tribute to late Monty Python member Graham Chapman that falls short as biography but honors the spirit of the beloved British comedy troupe. Read more

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times: The end result is insufferable. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: It's an odd little trip, but if it weren't, one would have to ask, "Well what's all this, then?" Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Alternately brilliant and frustrating. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Apart from Chapman's dry observational tone and the others' silly voices, there's not much here to touch Python fans accustomed to soaring in a higher stratosphere of humour. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: It's a very naughty tome, with many dangling bits. Read more

Ben Walters, Time Out: The varying tones give a patchy feel to the enterprise without adding up to anything as radical as the Pythons' own assault on TV conventions. A cordial tribute to a fascinating chap nonetheless. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: A coda shifts to video footage of Cleese's irreverent eulogy; you wish the whole film could have been as slyly somber. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: An unwieldy animated free-for-all (in 3D) featuring vocal contributions by four other Pythons that's sadly lacking in both the comedy and tragedy of Chapman's life. Read more

Benjamin Mercer, Village Voice: The movie has enough weird-wild-ride brio to convince you that Chapman was indeed quite a character. Read more

Mark Jenkins, Washington Post: For Python cultists and completists only. Read more